Human Curling

From Ludocity
Human Curling
Designer: Adam Nelson
Year: 2010
Players: 8
Stuff required: One swivel chair or inner per team. Cones or tape for marking boundaries.
Crew required: None
Preparation: Ten minutes.
Time required: An hour.
Place required: Either a frozen surface (an ice rink or pond) or an open, smooth surface, like a basketball court.
Activities: New sport
This is a playable game - it's finished, tested and ready to play.
This game is made available under an Attribution-Noncommercial Creative Commons licence. (What does this mean?)

Human Curling was created by Adam Nelson in January 2010. It is inspired, obviously, by curling, and was first played as Human Office Chair Curling on Feb 28th, 2010, in Pittsburgh.


On Ice: One or two inner tubes (snow tubes), with a plastic saucer attached to the bottom; a bunch of cones for marking

On Court: One office (swivel) chair, tape for marking boundaries, helmets and other safety gear as warranted.

Playing Space

A strip of ice or smooth concrete or hardwood 20-25 feet wide and ~80 feet long, with lines marking the hog line and point zones.

Number of Players

Two teams of 4 players each.


One inner tube or chair per team or shared between teams. Two teams play against each other at a time.

Each team takes turns pushing their team members across the playing field. No player except the rider may cross the hog line. Once a team member has been pushed, he may no longer assist in the push zone, making the order in which players are pushed a point of strategy. The last player on each team must launch themselves, but he may not run and jump into the inner tube to do so. Players are encouraged to wear helmets.

Once a player riding on an inner tube (a "rider") stops moving, he may stand on the ice in place of the tube. Once standing, a player may not move, but may pivot on one foot.

If a rider can tag a standing player on his team, the standing player may push the rider further along toward the 3-point zone (or toward a rival team member). If a rider can tag a standing player on a rival team, the standing player is out.

Once all players have been sent onto the field, the scores are totaled. Teams play three rounds.

House Rules and Variations

Human Curling can also be played as Office Chair Curling, inside in a gym using office chairs in lieu of snow tubes. Rules are the same, but it is highly, highly recommended that players wear helmets. Office chairs should be lowered to their lowest setting before playing.